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Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived a brutal abduction by ISIS in Northern Iraq, will speak at Middlebury College on Feb 12.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad to Speak at Middlebury

February 11, 2019

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Author and activist Nadia Murad, a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize and survivor of the Yazidi genocide in northern Iraq by ISIS fighters, will speak at Middlebury on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall in McCullough Student Center. Her talk is titled “Pursuing Peace and Justice: a Conversation with Nadia Murad.”

Location and admission information: 

  • Wilson Hall: Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is limited to members of the Middlebury College community and will require a Middlebury College ID.
  • Mead Chapel: The event will be live streamed. Admission with a Middlebury ID will begin at 6:15 p.m. Starting at 6:50 p.m., admission will be open to the general public.
  • Axinn Center: The event will be live streamed in Room 219.
  • Bicentennial Hall: The event will be live streamed in Room 216.
  • Online: A live stream of the talk will be available online.

Murad is one of thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted by ISIS in August of 2014 and forced into the ISIS sex slave trade. Losing six of her nine brothers and her mother in the Kocho massacre, she escaped after a month in captivity.

Murad is the co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war. She is also the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, a nonprofit “aimed at increasing advocacy for women and minorities and assisting to stabilize and redevelop communities in crisis.” The author of the memoir The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight against the Islamic State (2017, Tim Duggan Books), Murad is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her humanitarian work.

She will be joined on stage by Febe Armanios, associate professor of history, who will speak to her about her work as a human rights activist for the Yazidi community and her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and Abid Shamdeen, who will act as Murad’s interpreter.

Murad was scheduled to talk at Middlebury October 5, 2018, but had to cancel when it was announced the same day that she was the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Murad’s appearance at Middlebury is sponsored by the Office of the President as part of Middlebury’s ongoing Critical Conversations series.